I saw the special on the skater, what a flamer! It's a wonder he doesn't leave a path of melted ice behind him when he skates. Did you notice the CCCP letters on his jacket when he was posing. Of course that's all he is, a poser. He should learn that it is impossible to pull off the tough act when you are a male figure skater and wear make-up, not to mention the rhinestone leotard.
I don't mind Bode because at least he is gracious when he loses and doesn't act like it's the end of the world. I was at a youth hockey game and some parents watching their 6-8 year olds could learn from that...
I actually like his style -- he goes all-out and risks DQs to try and finish first. It's not like he complains that things are unfair when he gets himself DQed.
I have no time for anyone who thinks they are "it".. the real folks who are "it" don't need to talk about it... And yes I did notice his CCCP shirt.. basically just another little poofer who needs constant attention from others to validate themselves while trying to pretend they are bad ass and don't need anything.
The great ones don't think they are bigger than the sport, its bad enough the press has to hype the hell out of their chosen atheletes every games.. its intollerable when some of them start to buy into their own press... Bode may be a gracious loser, but he's still an ass.
So far most of the presses golden children have been washing out.. the short track skater, (he at least seems to not be a jerk, and is mostly press created around him) Bode, the poofer.... So far the only one that's lived up to the hype the press puts around them in performing has been the snowboarder, and while he is young he does seem at least to handle it better than a lot of em..
The press is just as much to blame as the idiots themselves... they make some stupid statement, and instead of being ignored as moronic, the press plays it up as they are some major rebel or trouble maker.. so now they are getting press while their peers who are better than them on the slopes or ice don't... so what do they do? More of it... and the press hypes them even more... and they wind up with endorcements and contracts mostly because they act like jackasses in front of the camera.
Sorry, but color me unimpressed with the batch of hype the press is trying to shove down the american publics throat. Real players say it on the court, field, slope, ice... they don't need to flap their gums in front of cameras.
That's because Bode Miller knows something that the casual American viewer of the Winter Olympics does not: That winning the World Cup for Skiing is a much bigger deal than winning an Olympic Gold Medal. It's the difference between being a 20-game winner with a league-low ERA, and a pitcher winning a single playoff game.